Basin Sports Pico Snow Report- Abundant fresh snow with very light crowds
The overnight forecast called for an inch or two overnight. You can just imagine the delightful surprise that met us this morning when we realized that actually 5″ of the lightest blower powder had fallen.
I’ve been down this road before and now I’ve learned. When there is just a few inches comprising a sleeper pow day, there is only one place to go and that’s Pico. There was very light crowds to start the day. My first runs were of the Little Pico Triple where there wasn’t many tracks. B Slope to A Slope or B to Exhibition. After a few of those I moved on.
Next up was the Golden Express to the Outpost area where after a five minute hike there was again plenty of undisturbed fresh snow to be found. I bagged three runs on Bronco and the only tracks I crossed where my own. My last run I got even more adventurous and hiked up Quick Draw to get some of the terrain off the Knomes Knoll Triple.
Judging by the lift maintenance work going around there today that both the Outpost double and Knomes Knoll will spin tomorrow making that terrain and powder turns more accessible.
Have fun out there this weekend and dress warm as it’s going to be chilly both Saturday and especially Sunday
Today was the day that just about everyone has waited for. Correct that, one of the first days of hopefully many, many that just about everyone has been waiting for. More than abundant snowpack, 100% of the mountain open – woods included, with not one (okay maybe Lower Royal Flush) bare spot, bluebird and 50*!
The day started off cold and cloudy, but around 1:30, the sun broke through and the temps rose. The perfect recipe for corn snow. Today was a Lower Ovation day. It was BY FAR that I have seen it ski this season. We had quite a posse from this afternoon and we all agreed that Lower O was just sublime.
Looks like temps wont dip below freezing tonight, which we as all know is key for corn production, but on the flip side wont get as warm tomorrow as it did today, which will keep the snow from getting too mushy. Translation: tomorrow will be another epic ski day.
Rather have winter like conditions and powder – boy, that’s a loaded question, huh? Than wait a day as temps are to drop with 6-8″ forecasted at elevation by Saturday afternoon. Happy spring everyone!
Killington Snow Report and The First Day Of Spring
Killington Snow Report start with Spring officially beginning at 6:46pm today. Here in Killington you would never know that with all the snow we have. Before I get into today’s conditions, lets have a week in review shall we. Saturday we say a mixed bag of precip that eventually gave way to snow- dropping a good 4+” by Sunday afternoon, Monday, temps reached into the mid 30’s making for some great spring skiing, Tuesday we had that mixed bag again in the early morning, but started dumping snow by 11 giving up 4-6″ by days end. Wednesday the temps dropped out making for a winter like day. Yesterday was sunny and maybe 28* with great groomers which leaves today.
If today is any indication on how the weekend is going to be, than we’re in for a good weekend of skiing. Friday Killington has the bear chair, needles eye and canyon running which dispenses people around the hill better. The snow was groomed to perfection. Trails off the Superstar pod skied best.
To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from today. With the spring temps we experienced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a quick trip back to winter Thursday and today I figured the snow wouldn’t be all that great; that I would do five or six runs then head back to work. What I did experience was some fantastic groomers throughout all of the Skye Peak trail pod. So good in fact I stayed for ten runs. Everything that I came across, including the Old Superstar, yes Old Superstar, which rarely gets groomed skied well. Basically, if it was open, it was freshly groomed, otherwise it is preserved until we get some more snow, which may be Saturday night into Sunday or until it gets warm and softens. So three cheers for the Killington Mt Ops Teams grooming department for getting the place skiing so well after that warm spell.
Don’t forget our Basin Sports Spring Demo this Sunday March 15 at 8:15am at Killington Resort. We will be set up in the K1 preferred parking lot. The Basin Staff is really looking forward to a fun day of skiing and riding with you! Pre registration at the store anytime is strongly recommended
Stowe was incredible yesterday, but it’s always good to be back home at Killington. Today was a phenomenal day with temps topping out near 45*. After yesterdays marathon day of 18 runs, I was happy with the eight runs that I was fortunate enough to get. More importantly was how good those eight runs were. OL., my first two runs, were nice and super soft. They I moved over to Lower O which was outstanding with not a bad turn down t4eh whole pitch. I went back To Bear and hit The Fiddle which was phenomenal with loads of corn snow, but decided to stick to Lower O as it truly was that good. I finished the day off with OL which was skiing better late in the day as it started to reset as it was too soft earlier. All in all I would say that today was the best spring day of the year so far. Looks like we’re back to midwinter the next couple days with snow in the forecast for the weekend.
The begins of spring came upon us in Killington today where under a mostly sunny sky temps topped out at 37* at the base of Superstar. Even though it was above freezing for the first time in a very long time, the snow never really got all that soft. That was partly due to the stiff breeze that made it feel cooler than it actually was.
I skied the last part of the day and spent most of my time on Bear. By that time of the day, Bear was already starting to reset up. No matter though as I skied a few on OL. Nothing beats a groomed out OL on a sunny afternoon. There was even some fresh snow on skiers right from yesterdays snow squalls that left us with 2″ that skied nicely.
After that it was getting late in the day and I headed back to Superstar for the last run of the day. Superstar actually had the best snow that I came across all afternoon. I’m not all that worried about missing it as I know that there will be plenty of Superstar time later this season.
Killington Snow Report for today but, I didn’t get a chance to get out today as I’ve skied 15 of the last 17 days and needed to catch up on some everyday stuff that makes the world go around. Fear not though, we have you covered. Our office queen, Ariel was out on the hill today ripping it up and she sent over some pics. As you can see, the woods have plenty of fresh snow throughout and the amount of snow on Superstar is ridiculous, almost obnoxious. Skiing is the best it’s been all season. Who are we kidding, it’s the best it has been in years. If that’s not enough to entice you, it looks as if there’s another storm rolling in for Thursday. Yippie!
Yesterday was by many here in Killington as the best day of the year. After skiing six of the last seven days and three storms in the last six days, I was ready for an easy day of skiing. The kind of day that you just make some turns on the groomed, look at scenery and pretty much sit back and enjoy. That’s what I had planned to do. That plan was quickly terminated once I saw how good everything was my first run going up the Superstar chair this afternoon.
The wind was either your friend or your enemy today. Either you were lucky enough to have found where it was wind deposited or unlucky to find where it was wind scoured clean to the frozen base. There was plenty of the wind deposited snow on Old Superstar, Middle Ovation and Skiers Left of Lower Superstar was by far the ROTD today. There’s more snow in the forecast too for the next couple of days. This really is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic stretch here in Killington.
Below are some pics of today as well as Bret Williamson, his wife Kim and their son Aidan, who had a snow day yesterday, ripping up in yesterdays powder.
What an awesome day skiing at Killington today!! I actually heard from a few people that today was their best day of the year. It doesn’t get any better so I suggest making plans to get up here and enjoy. Killington is 100% open so you will have plenty of terrain to play on. The snow started falling this morning and is still snowing. I would say 5″ of new snow so far. The forecast is for snow showers to continue thru the night. Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you home, it is winter right? Dress in layers, cover your face, take breaks, get some hot chocolate and have fun playing on the slopes. A few of the Basin staff hit the slopes today and everyone had a great time — how could you not. Make sure to stop into the Basin to get those cold weather accessories so you can enjoy your day. The skiing hasn’t been as good as this all season. Come up and join us this weekend before the Super Bowl Sunday evening. Better yet, stick around as there is talk of another storm coming in on Monday.
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